Healing, Arts, Music, Dance & Laughter: 10 Days Away, Register Today for NYAPRS Conference!

NYAPRS Note: We’re only 10 DAYS AWAY from this year’s NYAPRS Annual Conference, “Dignity, Recovery and Justice for All!”, to be held on September 12-14 at our new main conference site at the Honor’s Haven Resort in Ellenville! Please see our 11 innovations presentations below and see our full draft program schedule at https://tinyurl.com/y7wtng8o;

Once again, we’re featuring a very rich program of opportunities for hands on healing, art presentations, music to play and dance to and, of course, the laughter from our annual Stand Up for Mental Health comedy showcase. See below for more details.

This year’s comedians include Shannon Landy, Luis Lopez, Chacku Mathai, Margi Marek and Joe Denne

Single rooms at the Honor’s Haven are almost all gone while we have some double rooms left. Overflow registrants can stay at the premium rooms at the Hudson Valley Resort that has previously been our main conference site in the past. We’ll have hourly large bus transport between the 2 hotels.

First Come First Served!: Please Register Now! or at https://tinyurl.com/ydeoo84k

Please note that we are continuing to offer a register 5 get one free arrangement.
Send your questions to us at eileenc@nyaprs.org.

See you in September in the Catskills!

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Self-Directed Care in NY and Nationally                              

At long last, self-directed approaches are coming to New York! This system provides eligible individuals with the ability to meet their individualized goals through the approved purchase of good and services they identify as critical to their recovery and health. You can sit in programs for years getting ready to go back to work or make a few strategic purchases to get that job! Come hear about how the 2 NYS pilots are faring in the views of both providers and participants.

Keith Aquiar, Community Access, New York, NY

Bryan Cranna, Independent Living, Newburgh, NY

How to Build Cross-Sector Partnerships:                               

Lessons from the Healthy Together Referral Network

This workshop will dive into the Healthy Together Referral Network, a community-wide network led by Alliance for Better Health and powered by the Unite Us technology. The workshop will go over how Alliance built the network, its role in the DSRIP program, and key data and outcomes from the network.

Steve Strauss, Unite Us, New York, NY

Certified Community Mental Health Clinics (CCBHC) – A Year Later

The workshop will review the SUS CCBHC clinic. The presenters will discuss some of the creative approaches used at the clinic. The group will learn about successful recovery based engagement, treatment and services.

James Chavez, Sasha Marie Robinson, Services for the Underserved, New York, NY

Vet to Vet: Thank You for Your Service!

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Moe Armstrong, founder Vet-to-Vet

Jeff McQueen, Mental Health Association of Nassau County, Hempstead, NY

Luis Lopez, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY

John Javis, Nassau Queens PPS, East Meadow, NY

SAMHSA Wellness Recognition of Excellence Awardees                    

SAMHSA’s Program to Achieve Wellness recently selected 4 organizations for their exemplary wellness efforts to improve the cardiovascular health of those living with mental and/or substance use conditions. Come celebrate and learn about 2 such efforts from NYAPRS member agencies, Baltic Street AEH and the Guidance Center.

Taina Martinez, Laurie Vite, Michael Nugent, Baltic Street AEH, Brooklyn, NY

Stephanie Natelli, Kathy Hagendorf, Alicia Lore-Grachan, The Guidance Center, Mount Vernon

Introduced by Harvey Rosenthal, NYAPRS

Playing our Part: Shared Decision-Making in the Era of Recovery    

With the advent of recovery-based services, there is a paradigm shift and participants of services are now actively involved in the decision-making process of their care.  We recognize that participants are experts in themselves and as such, have a significant role in making decisions about their care and having choices in order to make informed decisions. Join us for an engaging talk on the shared-decision making process, the concept of “learned helplessness” and the “dignity of choice” in the world of recovery-based services.

Robert Statham, Ruth Colon-Wagner, NYAPRS, Albany, NY

MHANYS CarePath Program: Shared Values in Recovery          

MHAPS CarePath Program is a transition support tool that adheres to the principals of the recovery process and designed for the first 90 days post discharge from any treatment setting. The individual’s wellness and recovery is supported through the engagement of their family and/or identified supporters all participating on the same path to health and well-being. The patient/individual is no longer singled out as “ill” and their wellness journey is no longer in isolation of each other. The health and well-being of each member of the family or the identified supports is also the focus. A wellness rather than illness perspective enhances the recovery process. Come learn about this new innovative program.

Deb Faust, Mental Health Association of New York State, Albany, NY

Cultural Health and Wellness Story Circle

The Cultural Healing and Wellness Story Circle will Open a Space for participants to get actively involved in sharing their life experiences through the art of storytelling. Participants will share recovery challenges, health and wellness journeys and the multiple ways to heal human hurt, unlearn stigma and to build multicultural communities of wellness.

Deborah Wilcox and Theresa Hall

Challenging the Status Quo: Breaking the Mold in the 21st Century

Peers have been shown to have exemplary results when supporting an individual’s recovery. The role of peers has expanded to include forensic peers, peers specializing in substance abuse, and peer-run crisis centers. This interactive discussion is an opportunity for peers to talk about the variety of peer work settings they have experienced and share the impacts they have made. Explore how to make inroads in areas where peers are not fully utilized, including physical health, transition age youth, foster families, school settings, and the geriatric field.

Clarence Jordan, Lisa Kugler, Beacon Health, Memphis, TN

The NYC Peer Workforce Coalition: Promoting Effective Implementation of Peers and Community Health Workers Developing Pipelines and Career Ladders

The NYC Peer and Community Health Worker Consortium worked with peers, community health workers, organizations, payers, and other subject matter experts over 18 months to identify the primary barriers facing peers, community health workers, and employers; and to develop 2 toolkits to address these barriers. One is for peers and community health workers, and the other is for organizations. This workshop will provide a live demonstration of using these toolkits to advance implementation aims. Presenters will discuss the past, present, and future of the peer workforce in New York City, as well as talking about the Coalition and its work.

Aviva Cohen, Coordinator of NYC Peer and Community Health Workforce Consortium,

Office of Consumer Affairs, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Phillip Williams, Helen Skipper, Ivanna Bond-Queneau

Bridging the Gap: Expanding Roles and Building Partnerships in Behavioral Health

This session will focus on the development of a psychiatric rehabilitation initiative comprised of innovative programming in a Crisis HUAB, use of CHWs and Peers, and SUD network development. This will include a CHW/Peer training curriculum, review of components of a Crisis HUB, and maturation of a SUD network.

Mary Hanrahan, Whitney Ale, Matthew DeMasi, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY